Friday, December 13, 2013
'Tis the Season to give gifts to your neighbors and friends... and while I love that, I'm looking for a simpler healthier Christmas this year. That is why I'm going to ask the following favor:
If you want to give us a gift, please don't bring candy, cookies or baked goods to my home as a gift they will just be thrown away. It sounds harsh, I know, but fact of the matter is I can't eat them and john should not eat them by himself.
Instead I'd like to see things like homemade gifts or mixes, maybe your favorite recipe... or, perhaps the best gift of all, a personal card with your sentiments or a hug and a Merry Christmas are just as perfect too.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
6 oz chicken precooked.
1 celery stalk.
1/2 onion chopped.
Some chicken broth to keep moist.
all sauteed together with some olive oil until soft.
add 1 cup quinoa cooked.
Stuff two good size green peppers.
Bake 30 minutes @ 350° until peppers are soft.
Eat. makes 2.
Easily multiplied for more.
Yes. I improvised the entire recipe.
John added Parmesan cheese and soy sauce. But it is good without.
Friday, November 8, 2013
|Was this a good makeup day?|
I haven't always believed that. I used to cake my face in Jr. High and High School for occasions that called for it. There were some days that I wore TOO MUCH, and other times I think I got it pretty right.
No one ever taught/showed me HOW to wear makeup. It was all trial and error on my part.
|No makeup makes me happiest.|
My makeup collection has slimmed down over the years to lip stains, eyeliner and mascara and that seems to work just fine for me.
Recently, I was provided a free sample, courtesy of Influenster, to try out Rimmel London SCANDALEYES RETRO GLAM MASCARA ...and I have to say... I am in love with this stuff.
Its non-threatening black exterior gives no hint to the awesomeness held within.
Here are my application tips for Retro Glam Mascara:
1) apply liberally to lashes
2) be fabulous
It seriously only takes one application to get your lashes looking huge and awesome.
I was honestly contemplating getting lash extensions the last few weeks after getting to try some out. Lash extensions can start as low as $79 for your first full set, and then there is the maintenance that runs about $40. But then BAM!! This happened. Rimmel Mascara is available for less than $7 most places.
It also doesn't look terrible under my glasses. Which is a reason I don't wear mascara that often. Being a glasses girl creates all sorts of limits to what you can and cannot do with your eyes. I'm impressed that this mascara is so light, non-clumpy, drys fast, and only takes one application, to make my eyes look so great.
Remember back at the beginning of this post when I said I don't wear make up very often? Well, this stuff has been worn every day since I tried out out on Monday, and I am pretty sure it will continue to be used.
Friday, October 18, 2013
This is where we lived for eight years. It was a good little home. When we had originally moved in it was trashed. TRASHED, I say. There was broken furniture all over the house. Lots of stuff was broken and the back yard was nonexistent due to a downed tree and a car being there. Pet spots on the carpets and smelling of cigarette smoke. We put a lot of work into the house over our time there. A lot of cleaning and a lot of yard work later the house was livable and turned into our home.
We hadn’t lived there long before odd things started.
First of all there was this cat that was in the house. Now, I obtained two cats of my own while living in the house, but then there was this third that I hadn’t expected. It was large and I’d say it was black, but really it was just a dark color. I would see it all over the house, out of the corner of my eye. I would think it was my cat and I would say hello to her, but upon entering another room I’d discover that she was there and not where I had seen her. This was our ghost cat. We also felt it jump upon the bed at night when everyone was already on the bed and accounted for.
Next there was a little boy in a red shirt. I’d see him in spurts and flashes. He was there and then gone before you really wanted to admit that you had seen anything.
I kept the fact that I had seen these apparitions to myself for quite a while, but one day I said something about what I had been seeing to my husband, and he admitted that he’d seen things too but felt like I wouldn’t believe him.
The cat appeared for all the years we lived there, but the boy disappeared and I don’t recall seeing him again after the first few years we were there.
There were other things as well.
I never felt quite right in the TV room. It’s the room that should have been the garage, but was converted to give the house extra space. It was always cold there, and I didn’t like being in there alone.
Black shadows on the ceiling. Our bed room was on the front of the house. There was a street light just across the road, and yes traffic would drive by… But you got used to those shadows, they were familiar and most often would make the same patterns on the ceiling. It was the DARK shadows that moved independently from the rest that would make you close your eyes and pretend you were asleep. There was something sinister about them that made a person uncomfortable in their own home.
There were also the whispers at night. Lying in bed you could hear them and almost make out what the whispers were saying but no matter how you strained your ears it never became clear.
We moved from there in 2012. We did love living there, but at the same time, we’re happy to be gone.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
My Grandma Mc’s Doughnut & Sweet Roll Dough
6-7 cups Flour
½ cup Sugar
2 tsp. Salt
2 pkg. or 4½ tsp. Yeast
1 cup Water
1 cup Milk
½ cup or 1 cube Butter
Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, and yeast.
Heat water, milk, and butter till warm. Add egg to liquid when slightly cool.
Add liquid to dry ingredients. Mix until the wet and dry are evenly incorporated.
Add 3 cups flour and continue mixing until the dough forms a ball.
Flour work surface and knead in extra 1½ - 2 cups of flour for 10 minutes. Dough should no longer be sticky to the touch, but should not be dry either.
Place dough in oiled bowl cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour. Punch down dough. Divide and shape as desired allow dough to rise again after shaping.
Bake at 350 degree F for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
The dough can be mixed in a high powered stand mixer (kitchenade)
Start with 5 cups of flour, sugar, salt & yeast
Add wet ingredients
In a large bowl or in the bowl of a 5-quart stand mixer, combine all the ingredients in the order given except the Cinnamon Filling and the Butter Frosting. Using a dough hook, mix everything together until a soft dough forms.
Mix using dough hook adding the additional flour until dough forms a ball. Allow mixer to continue kneading dough, adding flour and periodically pulling dough from hook for 10 minutes.
Check the dough. It should form a nice elastic ball. If you think the dough is too moist, add additional flour (a tablespoon at a time). The same is true if the dough is looking dry and gnarly. Add warm water (a tablespoon at a time). If you can't judge your dough by looking, stick your finger in and feel the dough. It should be slightly tacky to the touch.
I usually punch down the dough several times during the raising process if I don’t have time to shape and bake at the moment.
Dough can also be stored in the refrigerator overnight (and up to 5 days) then allowed to come to room temperature and rise before shaping and baking.
Two Options or Choices:
1. Refrigerating or Freezing Unbaked Cinnamon Rolls:
At this point, the cinnamon rolls can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight (I've actually made them two days in advance) or frozen for one (1) month. Before baking, allow rolls to thaw completely and rise in a warm place if frozen. I have found that I have to take the unbaked frozen cinnamon rolls out of the freezer 10 to 12 hours before planning to bake. I just put the frozen cinnamon rolls (container and rolls) on my counter (not in the refrigerator) overnight for 10 to 12 hours.
If refrigerated, they can be either baked upon removing from the refrigerator or let come to a room temperature (I've done both ways). They do a slow rise overnight and it is not necessary to let them come to room temperature before baking. If you rolls are not rising enough after being refrigerated, your yeast may need to be tested. To overcome this, let them rise, while sitting on the counter, until you achieve the desired rising before baking.
2. Bake Immediately After Making:
Cover and let rise in a warm place for approximately 45 to 60 minutes or until doubled in size (after rising, rolls should be touching each other and the sides of the pan).
Preheat oven to 350° degrees F. Bake approximately 30 - 35 minutes in a regular oven until they are a light golden brown. A good check is to use an instant digital thermometer to test your bread. The temperature should be between 190 and 200 degrees.
Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Spread Frosting over the cinnamon rolls while still warm.
Best served warm, but room temperature is also great!
Forming a Cinnamon Roll:
After dough has risen, using your rolling pin, roll and stretch the dough into approximately a 15 x 24-inch rectangle.
Brush the 1/2 cup softened butter (listed below in the Cinnamon Filling) over the top of the dough with a rubber spatula or a pastry brush (or your hands.) Sprinkle Cinnamon Filling over the butter on the prepared dough. Starting with long edge, roll up dough; pinch seams to seal.
NOTE: Rolling the log too tightly will result in cinnamon rolls whose centers pop up above the rest of them as they bake.
With a knife, lightly mark roll into 1 1/2-inch section. Use a serrated knife and saw very gently or slide a 12-inch piece of dental floss or heavy thread underneath. By bringing the ends of the floss up and crisscrossing them at the top of each mark, you can cut through the roll by pulling the strings in opposite directions. Place cut side up in prepared baking pan, flattening them only slightly. The unbaked cinnamon rolls should not touch each other before rising and baking. Do not pack the unbaked cinnamon rolls together.
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
1½ tablespoons ground cinnamon
Spread butter on rolled out dough.
Combine sugars and cinnamon until well blended.
1 pound Margarine, room temperature
1 pound cream cheese, room temperature
2 pound powdered sugar
2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Allow margarine and cream cheese to reach room temperature. Beat cream cheese and margarine together in a bowl with a mixer until combined and fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl frequently. Slowly add in all powdered sugar. Once all of the sugar is in the bowl mix for at least an additional 12 minutes. When almost done, add in the extracts. Enjoy!
This makes a TON of frosting. It can easily be halved or quartered to make the amount needed. It is very good frosting so remember, more is better.
HELPFUL HINT: Buy your powdered sugar in 1 lb. bags or boxes. That way when a recipe calls for “1 Lb.” you can just dump in a bag and there is no measuring required.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
It’s homemade soup and bread season. I’m quite excited. I love making soups and bread so this is really my time of year. I’m looking forward to it getting a bit cooler outside so I don’t feel as bad turning on my oven.
Here is a fast soup recipe that we had for dinner last night. It serves about 6.
8 Can Taco Soup
1 (15 oz.) can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz.) can Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 oz.) can Petite Diced Tomatoes, drained
1 (15.25 oz.) can Sweet Corn, drained
1 (12.5 oz.) can White Chicken Breast, drained
1 (10.75 oz.) can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 (10 oz.) can Green Enchilada Sauce
1 (14 oz.) can Chicken Broth
1 packet Taco Seasoning
Mix all ingredients together in a large pot.
Heat until warm, stirring occasionally.
Serve with Fritos, Sour Cream, and Cheese.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
I guess technically I’m half British, so I guess the phrase should be I want to be MORE British.
I watch the BBC. I say “progrum” instead of “program”. I’m fascinated by the Monarchy. I’d much rather have a conservatory then a sunroom and I referred to the bathroom as the “toilet”. I call the mail the “post” and often fill my car with “petrol” instead of gasoline. It’s crazy, but I think I was meant to be a full on Brit. I’ve got the bad teeth and the superiority complex to prove it.
I want to forego dinner and have afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches consisting of cucumbers and eggs, and beans on toast. I want to eat baked scones with clotted cream and preserves. I prefer to eat popovers instead of rolls and crumpets instead of muffins. I believe that bread pudding really does taste like Christmas.
Monday, June 24, 2013
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Liz's Jambalaya1 Onion chopped1/2 Green Bell Pepper chopped1/2 Red Bell Pepper chopped3 Celery Ribs chopped1 lb Smoked Sausage cut up1/2 Rotisserie Chicken cut up1 box Zateran's Jambalaya Rice2 1/2 cups WaterThrow first 5 ingredients into a dutch oven or large pot. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes to soften veggies and heat the meat. Pour in rice mix and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 25 minutes or until the liquid is almost gone.Serve it up. Yum!!Makes about 6 servings.